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STREAMING—CHINATOWN RISING at UCLA Asian American Studies Film Festival
February 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – February 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Still from CHINATOWN RISING. UCLA Asian American Studies Film Festival—The California Documentary Project supported-film CHINATOWN RISING will be streaming free online for 24 hours starting February 26 at 4:00pm through February 27 at 4:00pm. This screening includes a pre-recorded conversation with filmmakers Harry Chuck and Josh Chuck. Moderated by Karen Umemoto, UCLA professor in Urban Planning and Asian American Studies and director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
About the film: Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck’s exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community’s struggles for self-determination. CHINATOWN RISING is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change. Run time: 1 hr 53 minutes. This film is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.